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EtymologyEdit

Derives from the verb hallucinate, from Latin hallucinatus. Compare French hallucination. The first known usage in the English language is from Sir Thomas Browne.

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NounEdit

hallucination (countable and uncountable, plural hallucinations)

  1. A sensory perception of something that does not exist, often arising from disorder of the nervous system, as in delirium tremens; a delusion.
    • Hallucinations are always evidence of cerebral derangement and are common phenomena of insanity. - W. A. Hammond
  2. The act of hallucinating; a wandering of the mind; an error, mistake or blunder.
    • This must have been the hallucination of the transcriber. - Joseph Addison

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin hallūcinātiō; synchronically analysable as halluciner +‎ -ation.

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NounEdit

hallucination f (plural hallucinations)

  1. hallucination

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